ksosh (6) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my most favorite beers. This particular bottle was from the 11-12 winter season. The initial aroma was obviously one of very dark chocolate, with hints of cherry, and possibly some liquorice. The appearance is jet black with minimal head. Looks almost like motor oil. The taste is a mixture of light sweetness and heavy bitter, reflective of (not surprisingly) a very dark chocolate. Aftertaste has a tang to it with a sharp bitterness. I drank it probably a little colder than I should have (refrigerator cold, not cellar cold), so I’m sure some of the taste wasn’t fully apparent. The palate was fairly pleasing - full body, creamy/thick texture, average carbonation on the tongue, but more than was expected from the visuals, bitter, lasting finish. Overall a great imperial stout.
Andrew196 (1277) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2016 Pour of thin dirty motor oil, cute beige cappuccino head, cascading lace. Classic chocolate and coffee aroma, some dark nuttiness, raisin and smoke too. Nice creamy mouthfeel becomes a bit slick towards the back. A tad sweeter than expected, more chocolate milkiness than the nose had. Lots of roast, some whiskey, and boozy notes. Very well made, balanced and complete.
ElManana (1532) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, bought at Geers. Chocolate, siruppy, pretty noticeable alcohol, some roast but not enough. Ok Imperial Stout.
Hidden_Pooch (485) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m glad Catherine the Great loved to get loaded. Pours a jet black, with medium tan crema head. Aroma was of alcohol, coconut, dark chocolate, and vinous qualities. Tasted of dark chocolate, vinous, roasted malts, and espresso. Had a heavy slick body with low carbonation. Had a strong grape and coffee aftertaste.
kapusil (1021) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.355l bottle. Pitch black body, thin light brown head. Aroma of mostly caramel and chocolate with some dried fruits and coffee. Taste of chocolate, caramel, reisins, roasted malts and some whiskey. The name reflects the character. It’s really chocolatey. I like this a lot.
tekstr1der (328) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very solid offering, this pours black with a thin, but persistent and clingy top of brown head. Aroma is not overwhelmingly chocolate, but it’s there among vanilla, roast, and slight booze. Flavor follows the nose well, and that’s a good thing. Nice notes of dark cocoa, some sweetness in the middle, and a somewhat dry, slightly bitter finish. Will definitely have this again.
Cristobal37 (625) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Lore for the bottle!!! Black thick pour with beautiful light brown head. Chcolate milk, spice and dark roasted stout aroma. At first very chocolatey then lots of bitterness like dark chocolate, roasted malts, and slight booziness. Great chocolate stout with a boldness that satisifies. More chocolate than Samuel Smith’s version (and more juiced) but similar combo of bold malty stout and medicinal spice in the finish.
JoTheO (69) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 355 ml. Deep dark brown, rich lightly tanned head. Aroma reminding of chocolate and some soy sauce (perhaps also some gravy). Taste is very sweet and too boozy for me. Finish has a lot of coffee notes and roasted malts. Palate is somewhat sticky.
redders1974 (687) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good mix between the coffee roasts and chocolate some dark fruits decent rich mouthful with the warming booze coming through at the end
MarcinG (331) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Butelka 330ml. Limitowane butelkowanie z zimy 2015. Czarny gesty stout . Palona brazowa piana ktora jest gesta kremowa i wysoka. Wyglada swietnie w sniferze. Aromat czekolady palonych cukrow i ciemnych slodow kawy melasy. Swietnie ukryty alkohol lechcze przelyk po kilku chwilach. W smaku wyrazne nuty czekoladowe kakao i kawy. Swietnie zbalansowane piwo .ktore mozna smialo nazwac deserem w butelce.
Bozo_skeleton (889) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Noire dense, collet epais et perssitant de fines bulles, belle dentelle.
Aromes torrefiés mais un peu leger par rapport a ce a quoi je m’attendais, pointe de liqueur.
La mousse est bien crémeuse et sur une amertume tres chocolat.
Liquoreuse a souhait en bouche, longue, tres longue sur le chocolat amer, une petite merveille.